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Welcome to Holy Cross Orthodox Mission, parish of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, part of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. The Diocese of Wichita is led by His Grace Bishop Basil and includes more than 50 churches and missions in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

“Ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find peace for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16


The Orthodox Church is Evangelical but not Protestant,

Orthodox but not Jewish, Catholic but not Roman.

It is not non-denominational but pre-denominational.

It has believed, preserved, proclaimed, defended and laid down its life for

the Faith of the Apostles since the day of Pentecost.


Holy Cross Orthodox Church of Midland and Odessa

WELCOME TO HOLY CROSS ORTHODOX CHURCH!

Holy Cross is an Orthodox mission church. We are committed to placing Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior first in our daily lives. We are firmly rooted in the teaching of Holy Scripture and the unchanging Christian witness of the Early Church. We invite all to find their spiritual home here at Holy Cross. Join us for worship this Sunday!

Are you new to the Orthodox Christian faith? Our Visitors page is a great place to start! You will find links to audio resources as well as information about history, worship services and weekly Bible Studies. Find out a little more about Our Parish including our history and ministries.

A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MARK
Christ is in our midst!

Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. —The words of Christ, John 13.34-35

This passage from the Gospel of Saint John speaks of the commandment to love. It identifies this attribute as the one that best identifies a true disciple of Christ.

It has been said that love requires another. That love can only exist when there is a communion of persons. It has been my desire to fashion along with all of you a community of love. My hope is that we demonstrate our love for one another and thereby prove to be God’s true disciples.

With continued prayers for your salvation,

+ Father Mark +

A Sister Diocese Program
St. Timon, Patron Saint of Hauran One of the Seven Deacons sent out by the Twelve, and one of the Seventy Apostles sent out by our Lord Christ to preach to this land.
St. Timon, Patron Saint of Hauran One of the Seven Deacons sent out by the Twelve, and one of the Seventy Apostles sent out by our Lord Christ to preach to this land.
St. Timon, Patron Saint of Hauran One of the Seven Deacons sent out by the Twelve, and one of the Seventy Apostles sent out by our Lord Christ to preach to this land.

Our beloved Bishop Basil has asked us to adopt the Hauran region, one so full of oppressed people who need our help, our love and our prayers.

Against the hostility and poverty of the region, the need seems overwhelming and never ending. But by the grace of God, we can reach out and extend the arms of Jesus to the faithful of that needy land, and to those who have only begun to taste the goodness of God that we so richly enjoy.

A Sister Diocese Program Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran and the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America The Orthodox who today live in much of the territory once known as Arabia Petraea – descendants of those converted to faith in Christ Jesus by St. Timon – comprise the faithful of the Archdiocese of Bosra, Hauran, Jabal al-Arab and the Golan. The present “angel of Bosra and successor to St. Timon” is Metropolitan SABA (Esper). One of the most venerable Archdioceses of our Patriarchate, the Archdiocese of Bosra now finds itself facing very difficult times. Due to the frequency of warfare in that area, the occupation of much of its territory by a neighboring unfriendly nation, and the resultant unemployment and poverty, most of its people are economic refugees, having relocated to Damascus or departed for the Americas, Australia, Europe or the Gulf States.

In a gesture of Christian love and support for Metropolitan SABA and his flock, the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America has committed itself to a “Sister Diocese” relationship with the Archdiocese of Bosra-Hauran. “Warfare, destruction, drought, spiritual neglect, lack of job and educational opportunities.” In southern Syria and the Golan, these are some of the words defining the struggle and suffering of the people of that region: in the mountainous Jabal Al Arab region—home of the Syrian Druze community; the farmlands of Hauran (“the granary of the Roman Empire”); and the Golan—the ravaged line of demarcation between Syria and Israel.

Only 5-10% of the population remains Christian in this troubled land. It is easy to understand the reasons for vast emigration of Christians to Damascus, and to see the need to reach out in personal friendship and support for those who remain. His Eminence Metropolitan SABA, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of the region since 1999, is charged with maintaining the faith in the midst of the predominance of Islam.

Against the hostility and poverty of the region, the need seems overwhelming and never ending. But by the grace of God, the example of our kind and loving Bishop, and the generosity of the faithful in our diocese, we can reach out with the kind of personal support that will enable us to partner in extending the arms of Jesus to the faithful of that needy land, and to those who have only begun to taste the goodness of God that we so richly enjoy in ours.

For more information or to donate please contact Fr. Mark.


Meeting at:


Currently Meeting for Worship at

St. Stephen's Catholic Church

in (Rooms 1&2)

4601 Neely Ave, Midland, Texas

 Driving Directions > 4 blks west of the intersection of Midland Drive and Neely in Midland. For more information please call 432-741-1040

Upcoming Services
Saturday, September 27th
Great Vespers 5 pm with Sacrament of Confession following St. Stepehen's Catholic Church, 4601 Neely Ave., Midland, TX
Sunday, September 28th
Divine Services: Hours/Orthros 10:00 am followed by Divine Liturgy with holy communion. Father Mark Telschow celebrating. St. Stepehen's Catholic Church, 4601 Neely Ave., Midland, TX
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